The synthesis of various 2-substituted imidazo[1,2-a]pyridine bearing a thioether side chain in position 3 was reported. The new compounds were characterized by 1H and 13C NMR spectra. A conformational study was obtained by X-ray crystallographic analysis for 2-biphen-4-ylimidazopyridine 7. The antiviral activity against human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) was investigated. It was strongly influenced by the nature of C-2 substituent.